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Mommie & Clyde
CAST (click photos for larger images)
COURTNEY NICHOLE (BELINDA GINGHAM/MOMMIE) is a multi-faceted actress that can be seen starring as series regular, Leah, in Tyler Perry’s comedy series, “Assisted Living” on BET. Courtney’s career also includes roles in the hit TV drama series, “S.W.A.T” and “Snowfall”. Other credits include the Emmy award-winning Proctor & Gamble commercial “The Talk”, the Amazon Prime show, “Not for Nothin’” as the vivacious talent rep, Alicia, as well as Lifetime’s Sinister Surrogate and the Fullscreen produced show, H8ters. A theater actress at heart, Courtney also starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play No Place to be Somebody and the August Wilson classic Fences as Rose. Courtney was bite by the acting bug early on, starring in her first play at 11-years old. Throughout high school she kept her love for performing alive through her extra-curricular activities including fashion club & concert choir. However, post-high school, Courtney made room for another passion of hers, education. Her love for kids and teaching led her to pursue and ultimately earn her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English language arts. Although she began teaching after graduation she still gravitated towards the stage and found herself getting involved with all the school’s student lead productions. Courtney would always encourage her students to live their dreams and in her late twenties, after some serious soul searching, she decided that she was ready to live her own. She resigned from education and since then, has leaned into her acting career full time. In her spare time, she is devoted to charitable functions in support of causes that are close to her heart, including social justice and body positivity. She and her husband, Jamald Gardner share a son together. Courtney also loves to cook and can make a mean chicken-pot pie. IG:@TheReelCourtney.
JAMALD GARDNER (CLYDE WHITE/PURSE SNATCHER) is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. While attending The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) on a basketball scholarship, he caught the acting bug and ended up receiving not only a Bachelor's Degree, but also a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. 15 years, several plays and many hours of screen time later he brings his talents to the Los Angeles theater community! He can be seen in the FX favorite, “Snowfall” and most recently in HBO's “Winning Time: the rise of the Lakers dynasty”. He and his wife Courtney Nichole have enjoyed working together in over a dozen projects and look forward to portraying a duo you'll never forget! Jamald says that every time he gets a role it's always like acting for the first time. His motto is, "Anyone can act, as long as you allow yourself to be vulnerable"! IG:@JamaldGardner.
MELVIN WARD (ZACHARY GINGHAM) is an actor who was born and raised in Oakland. Melvin would like to first thank his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his mother Lydia, his friends and close family for being his rock and support through it all. Melvin dedicates his career to his college professor Steve Kent. Melvin received his BA Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of La Verne. He continued his studies at Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown acting studio. Melvin was nominated by the NAACP Theatre Awards in 2019 for Best Ensemble as well as nominated by the Stage Raw Theatre Awards and Scenie Awards for Best Ensemble in 2019. Melvin has recently worked on the Dhar Mann Studios projects. Melvin's recent film works include: Steel Will, Meathook, The McHenry Trial, Once Upon A Lifetime, and Neurotic Beauty. Melvin made his Road Theatre debut in the play At The Table as Nicholas. Melvin's recent Theatre credits include: Billie: This Ain’t No Billie Jean King Story as Sam, Still Standing as August, Baby Eyes as Tremaine, Game Night as Vincent and The Night Calls Us Home as Catcher. He performed in Artist Rise Up Los Angeles as himself, One Way Ticket to Oregon as Andre, The Odd Couple as Vinnie, Periphery as Young Man and Eugene which he performed at the Hudson Theater, Couplets as Aaron, Lost Kingdom as Shabaka and No Weapon Formed Against Us as Reggie Pryor. Melvin also played the role of Ronnie Dublin in Court TV's “America’s Court with Judge Ross”. IG: @MelvinSWard “I know I'm not perfect but everything I do is to please the Lord.” - Melvin Ward
JANESSA MORGAN (KATRINA WELLS) was born and raised in St. Louis and in New Orleans where she was professionally trained as an opera singer. To escape the traumas of life, she did a random audition at the Black Repertory Company. Unexpectedly, she landed the lead role of Sarah in Ragtime. Janessa was also a lead in Le Freak C'est Chic burlesque show and tribute concert to the late Whitney Houston who continues to inspire her vocal endeavor. Shortly afterwards, she was the Leading Lady in The Soul of Motown and America’s Hit Parade, performing over 400 live shows per year. Having seen her live performance, a talent agent advised Janessa to relocate to New York or Los Angeles. She chose L.A. and with love at first slate, acting has been her passion. Being a single mother made this a taxing but not insurmountable journey. Janessa has featured in “Scandal”, “Alexa & Katie” and “American Grit”. She is lead actress in the feature film, Little Reminders and television drama series, “Saints & Aints” which she has also directed. With many projects on the horizon, her gratitude keeps her humble. She seeks ways to assist other up and coming actors in the film and television industry. This desire led her to become a highly sought after acting coach and industry consultant.
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ALRETHA THOMAS (PLAYWRIGHT/PRODUCER) graduated from USC with a degree in journalism. Shortly thereafter she realized her interest in her major was not heartfelt. Instead of writing news stories, she wanted to write plays and books. Several years later, her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Liturgical Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces—the community response was overwhelming. This led to plays outside of the church, including Alretha’s One, Woman Two Lives starring Kellita Smith. In between plays, Alretha’s first novel, Daughter Denied, was launched in 2008. Her third novel, Married in the Nick of Nine, spawned a four-book series that was acquired by Soul Mate Publishing. In 2014, her novel, Four Ladies Only, was the recipient of the Jessie Redmon Fauset Fiction Award. Alretha made her foray into suspense with the release of her book Missing Melissa and followed that up with her Detective Rachel Storme Series. Her most recent suspense novel is The Truth About Gretchen. In 2016, Alretha left corporate America to write novels full time and she also returned to acting. In 2020, she was cast as Anastasia Devereaux in “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” on BET. In 2022, her newest novel went on submission to publishers. Alretha is thrilled to be back with a new play and is honored to work with her talented actors and production staff. She gives God all the praise for her success. IG:@athomasforreal.

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ROY THOMAS (CO-PRODUCER) enjoys playing the piano. He has studied under Michael Nash, Timmy Wong and George Ramirez. What makes Roy unique is that he didn’t make his foray into music until he was in his forties. Nonetheless, with commitment and dedication, he has made significant strides and is able to play improvisational jazz. He has performed at numerous events in Los Angeles, including a New Year’s eve gala, book club launch and film screening. A philanthropist and patron of the arts, music isn’t his only interest. After working for Sempra Energy for thirty-three years, he was able to retire and fully enjoy his love for reading eclectic books, interior decorating and creative landscaping. This is the sixth professional project he has partnered with his wife on as a producer and is delighted that he has been able to support her in her artistic endeavors. Two of Roy’s proudest moments in life are helping his sister take care of his aging mother who lived to be 101 and being nominated for a NAACP Theatre Award for Sound Design on Alretha’s play, Sacrificing Simone in 2007.
BYRON NORA (DIRECTOR/SET DESIGNER) , a native of New Orleans, is a humble recipient of numerous prestigious nominations from the NAACP theatre awards nominating committee. Garnering nominations in the coveted categories of “Best Director”, “Best Director of a Musical” and “Set Design” for his numerous productions. He is the Artistic Director of Versatility Dance Company. He is the former Artistic Director of ICEF (Inner City Education Foundation) and Colors United. Byron is Managing Director of both BAMN Ensemble and BAMN-BAMN Youth Ensemble, as well as, E.T.I. (Educational Theatre Institute). He is the Program Manager of the youth arts and educational program, PEACE 2000 (Promoting Educational, Artistic, and Career Excellence). He is an accomplished actor having appeared in many stage productions, film, and television roles, as well as, numerous commercial spots. Byron is a highly respected and sought after director. He is the director of the riveting dramatic stage play, Grandpa’s Truth, at the Inglewood playhouse, which had a solid three month sold out run. He has also directed the dramatic NAACP Award Winning Civil Rites, at Southwest College, the heavily acclaimed version of the musical stage play Shades and the innovative multi award nominated production of the Wiz, at the Washington Theatre, Barry Manilow’s world acclaimed Copacabana, at the historic Ricardo Montalban Theatre, in Hollywood and the NAACP nominated A Shrine To Junior, at the Stella Adler Theatre, just to name a small part of his lengthy body of work. Byron is highly in demand and is often requested to work his magic as an acting/dialog coach on many projects. Byron has traveled the world as a singer and a successful model having had the honor of being chosen to be a “Calvin Man” for Calvin Klein Cologne. Byron appeared in the national tour of the hit musical U Don’t Know Me! where he played the role of Mr. Webb and was the Assistant Director and the acting dialogue coach.“For Every Minute That You’re Angry, That Is One Minute of Happiness In This Very Short Life That You’ve Lost.” God Bless!!
MYLETTE NORA (COSTUME DESIGNER) is the recipient of an Ovation Award and NAACP Theatre Awards for best costumes, listed in the honors edition of The Cambridge Registry of Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women, works worldwide consists of television, film, video and stage, and was seen nightly on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and now “You Bet Your Life” with Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks, and weekly on "Jay Leno's Garage". Remember Me the Mahalia Jackson movie! The famed artist Synthia St. James noted Mylette as being the inspiration for her world renowned painting "Ensemble" which graced the cover of the best selling novel Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan. Mylette’s Designer lines are, doggie wear, www.FromTheHeart DoggieWear.com, heirloom dolls, “My Mind’s Eye”, and now face mask by, Mylette!